Ginette Hemley

Senior Vice President, Wildlife Conservation, World Wildlife Fund

Ginette oversees World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) programs to secure a future in the wild for the world’s most endangered and iconic species. Under her leadership, WWF is designing and executing high-impact strategies for wildlife protection and species recovery, including community-based conservation approaches; eliminating urgent threats such as the illegal wildlife trade by applying new technologies and reducing demand for illegal wildlife products; and mobilizing large-scale public, political, and financial support for long-term species and habitat conservation. An authority on endangered species and conservation policy, Ginette has developed and launched global recovery strategies for critically endangered species and has engaged key constituencies in unique partnerships to secure long-term solutions, from local women’s groups to national policy makers to multinational companies. She previously served as WWF’s senior vice president for strategy & science, as managing vice president for conservation, and as director of TRAFFIC. An ecologist with over 30 years of international conservation experience, Ginette received a BS in biology from the College of William & Mary, studied history and philosophy at Oxford University, and is an ELIAS Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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